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How To Get The Most Out Of Prime Day (And Stay In Budget)

July 15, 2019

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There is no doubt that you’ve heard that Amazon’s Prime Day starts today.  And this year it is not just one but two days.

 

Every year there are big savings to be had and it is bound to be the same over the next two days, so it is natural to get a bit excited.

 

However, with many of us trying to stick to a budget and manage our less than obedient willpower, these two days could have the potential for disaster too.

 

With this in mind, I thought I’d write a list of steps you can take to get the most out of the next two days and stay in budget.

 

Make sure you are a Prime member

In order to access the deals, you’ve got to have Prime.  Now, there are a couple of ways of going about this.

 

First up, if someone in your household is a Prime member then get them to add you to their membership for FREE.  You can find out how to do that here.

 

Alternatively, if you can’t convince someone else to pay for it then you can sign up for your own membership here.  All new Prime members, get a 30-day free trial.

 

If you are currently, a Prime member but fancy saving £20, then you can switch to the yearly contract and pay just £59 rather than the £79.

 

Get good deals without spending any money

As part of the whole Prime Day festivities, Amazon is also promoting many of their subscription services.  Some with bonus seasonal deals too.

 

If you want to get some great free trials on Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Music, then you should check out my article: Great Ways To Save On Amazon Before Prime Day 2019.

 

Make a list

Let’s start with what you actually need.  If you’ve between waiting for six months especially for today to replace your toaster, then you have my permission to get that toaster.

 

However, wants have a habit of parading around as needs whenever we see the words “SALE”.  Therefore, I urge you to think hard before these items make it on the list.

 

You might want to think about taking advantage of the deals on Amazon specific products, such as Kindles and Echos.  Particularly, if you were thinking about buying these as (dare I say it) Christmas gifts.  Many of these products will get good reductions over the next two days.

 

Search for deals

Now that you know what you are after you are ready to go looking for them.  Search in the normal way for the products you are after.

 

If a product is part of the Prime Days deals, it will be showing a little blue badge that says “Prime Day Deal.”  It will be clear to see what is on offer and what is not.

 

Don’t get sucked in

Just because it has money off doesn’t make it a deal.  Sometimes it doesn’t even make it a saving.  Think about whether or not you think it is worth its FULL PRICE.  If it is then you are making a saving.  If not, then maybe look at something else.

 

The usual rules still apply when shopping online too.  It is OK to look at other websites to see if they have it for less.  Many retailers will attempt to compete with Amazon’s offers so it is always worth checking.

 

Be sensible

You don’t want to wake up on the 17th July with Amazon knocking at your door with piles of stuff that you don’t need and worse, can’t afford.

 

If you don’t trust yourself not to buy anything, then don’t look at it.  Remove your credit card details from their system, unsubscribe to the emails and bury your head in the sand.

 

Life will go on if you don’t buy anything on Prime Day!

Make the most of the benefits you already get

If you don’t need anything this time around then just make sure that you are getting the most out of your Amazon Prime membership.

 

Two of my favourites are Prime Video and Amazon Music and both come with your subscription, so make sure you are receiving both.

 

Be Brave, My Friend!

Just because all your mates are buying stuff on Prime Day, doesn’t mean you have to.  But if you need it, then it is a great time to grab a deal!

Disclaimer:  Remember the information you read here does not represent advice.  Any ideas or suggestions are just that and may not work for you.  Read the full disclaimer here.

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Looking After Your Pennies is an eco-friendly personal finance blog written and managed by Charlotte Jessop.

 

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